Holly Smith Abbott is the President and Founder of International Credential and Sport Advising, LLC established in 2014 and located in Carmel, Indiana. Holly works with international prospective student-athletes and families, NCAA member-institutions, international and domestic high schools, coaches and recruiting services regarding international transcript evaluation in accordance with NCAA policy and procedure. Holly’s number one priority is ensuring the international prospective student-athlete is academically eligible to participate in their respective sport at an NCAA Division I or II member institution.
Prior to starting her own company, Holly served as the Assistant Director of International Academic Certification in the Eligibility Center at the NCAA National Office. She was responsible for validating and certifying the academic credentials of prospective international student-athletes from around the world. Holly has seventeen years’ experience in evaluating international academic credentials.
Holly maintained the NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility, and authored over fifteen individual country profiles including Cameroon, Canada, Northern Ireland, Senegal and the United Kingdom. She was also the liaison to the NCAA International Student Records Committee (ISRC) and assisted in developing the committee's policies and procedures and individual country policy. Holly has presented stateside and internationally regarding NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.
Prior to her six and a half years at the Eligibility Center, Holly served as a Compliance Assistant at the University of Richmond (Virginia), where she worked with international student-athletes from over fifteen Division I athletic teams.
Holly received her M.S. in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a cum laude graduate of Wofford College (South Carolina) with a B.A. in Government and Sociology. While at Wofford, Holly was a four-year Division I cross country student-athlete and a member of Delta Delta Delta fraternity.